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HMO Licence Reading – HMO Advice

When it comes to getting a HMO Licence Reading landlords can rely on HMO Advice Reading to make the process less stressful and confusing.


HMO Licence Reading


Minster town Reading, Berkshire’s county town, is located 19 km (12 miles) south-west of Maidenhead, 23 km (14 miles) north of Basingstoke, 24 km (15 miles) east of Newbury, 39 km (24 miles) south of Oxford, 64 km (40 miles) west of London and 110 km (70 miles) east of Bristol.

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The annual host of one of England’s largest music festivals – Reading Festival – the town boasts a long, influential history dating back as far as the 8th Century and many Grade I (6), Grade II* (22) and Grade II (853) listed buildings.


The town’s diversity of architectural styles – ranging from medieval times through to the 21st Century – and numerous fountains, sculptures, murals and other public works of art include landmarks like, for example:



Reading is home to a number of excellent educational institutions, including the University of Reading, Reading College and the Gateway Languages, English Language Centre, ELC London Street and Eurospeak language schools. The town’s higher education students are also catered for by the local presence (principally in nursing) maintained by the University of West London.


A commercial centre of importance within Southern England and the Thames Valley and a major retail centre, Reading has a significant historical involvement within the IT industry and is home to numerous British and global businesses & organisations, as well as thousands of start-ups and SMEs spanning a diversity of industries including:


  • IT, software and technology
  • Retail, health and education
  • Business/financial services, insurance and more


Ranked the top economic area in the UK for well-being and economic success (taking factors like skills, employment, income and health into account), Reading consistently attracts thousands of British and international professionals and students and subsequently has a high demand for HMO properties.


Under current local and national HMO licensing legislation, these properties must invariably be licensed.


Reading HMO Licence Applications


Local landlords must submit Reading HMO licence applications if their properties are flats or houses occupied by 3 tenants or more who:


  • Form multiple households (2 or more) and
  • Share basic amenities (i.e. bathrooms/toilets and/or kitchens)


Buildings that were converted into self-contained apartments/flats may also be considered HMOs if certain building regulations are not met and more than 1/3 of these self-contained units are rented out.


While the local council does provide a comprehensive guide to licensing HMO properties in Reading, the licensing process is complex and can be somewhat confusing, time-consuming and stressful.


HMO Licensing Management Reading


Boasting a vast reservoir of HMO licensing knowledge and years of experience, HMO Advice offer local landlords a unique, cost-effective package designed to make applying for HMO licences less stressful, time-consuming and confusing.


To learn more, contact our HMO licensing management Reading team by telephone: 0330 1137 267, e-mail: or online today.

What is a HMO?

A HMO is basically a ‘house in multiple occupation’. In other words, it is a complete house/flat that is let to 3 tenants or more who are:

  • Forming 2 or more households*
  • Sharing a kitchen, bathroom and/or toilet

*See HERE for more detailed information and a definition of what constitutes a household.

Do I require a HMO Licence?

Whether a HMO licence is required for a property varies between councils and depends on whether your relevant local council operates an additional licensing scheme. Our HMO Guidance Service could be the perfect solution for you. Are you unsure if an HMO license is required? Learn more HERE.

What Happens if I Fail to Apply for a HMO Licence?

Failure to obtain a HMO licence is a punishable offence and may result in prosecution with potentially serious penalties and sanctions. You can find more detailed information on the possible consequences of failing to obtain a licence HERE.

How Can I Get a HMO Licence?

Obtaining a HMO Licence is a 4-step process involving:

  • Assessment of Your Property According to Your Local Authority’s Standards
  • Licence Application
  • Upgrading Your Property Where Required
  • Signing Off

Learn more HERE.

For more detailed information and/or to discuss your specific needs, please do not hesitate to call our representatives on Tel.: 020 3950 8834 today.

You can also contact us and specify how you would like to be responded to, either by phone or email.

For more advice and assistance, You can find answers to many commonly asked questions on our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ page.